Dr. Brett Abarbanel is the Director of Research – International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada, with a joint appointment at the UCLA Gambling Studies Program. Dr. Abarbanel’s research covers Internet gambling policy and behavior, esports and gambling, operations and technology use, and responsible gambling and community relations. Dr. Abarbanel is the co-executive editor of the UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal and editorial board member at International Gambling Studies and Harvard’s Division on Addiction’s Brief Addiction Science Information Source. Dr. Abarbanel serves on the International Advisory Panel for Singapore’s National Council on Problem Gambling; and she is a founding director of the Nevada Esports Alliance, which promotes development of best practices at the intersection of the esports and regulated gambling industries.
Dr. Abarbanel was named to the 2016 Global Gaming Business 40 Under 40 and received the Global Gaming Expo and The Innovation Group 2015 Emerging Leader Award. She completed her B.S. in Statistics at Brown University and M.S. and Ph.D. at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.